Do Religious Beliefs Explain Preferences for Income Redistribution? Experimental Evidence
Ilja Neustadt ()
CESifo Economic Studies, 2011, vol. 57, issue 4, 623-652
Due to the mixed empirical evidence bearing on the economic determinants, beliefs have been at the centre of attention of research into preferences for income redistribution. We elicit preferences for income redistribution through a Discrete Choice Experiment performed in 2008 in Switzerland and relate them to several behavioural determinants, in particular to religious beliefs. Estimated marginal willingness to pay (WTP) is positive among those who do not belong to a religious denomination, and negative otherwise. However, the marginal WTP is shown to increase with a higher degree of religiosity. Moreover, those who state that luck or connections play a crucial role in determining economic success exhibit significantly higher WTP values than those who deem effort to be decisive. (JEL codes: C35, C93, D63, H29) Copyright The Author 2011. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of Ifo Institute for Economic Research, Munich. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Oxford University Press.
References: Add references at CitEc
Citations View citations in EconPapers (9) Track citations by RSS feed
Downloads: (external link)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.
Working Paper: Do Religious Beliefs Explain Preferences for Income Redistribution? Experimental Evidence (2010)
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.
Export reference: BibTeX
RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan)
Persistent link: http://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:oup:cesifo:v:57:y:2011:i:4:p:623-652
Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
Access Statistics for this article
CESifo Economic Studies is currently edited by Gerhard Illing
More articles in CESifo Economic Studies from CESifo Oxford University Press, Great Clarendon Street, Oxford OX2 6DP, UK. Contact information at EDIRC.
Series data maintained by Oxford University Press ().